Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Earnings for Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States come in at around $16.46 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately two in five. For the most part, Ophthalmic Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Ophthalmic Technicians (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,443 - $55,230
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MEDIAN: $41,301
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$11.99 - $22.78
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$0$55K
Salary $28,443 - $55,230
Bonus $196.68 - $2,017
Profit Sharing $3,561
Commission $750
Total Pay (?
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$25,136 - $49,998
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 99
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.99 - $22.78
Overtime $15.11 - $33.53
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $196.68 - $2,017
Commission $750
Profit Sharing $3,561
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,136 - $49,998
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,168

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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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Ophthalmic Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Optometrist, where median compensation is $96K annually. An Ophthalmic Technician often moves on to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

Ophthalmic Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Ophthalmic Technician


The Lasik Vision Institute attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $40K.

Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Survey results imply that Ophthalmic Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, Medicine / Surgery, Refraction, and scribe are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. refracting and Medical Devices also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records tend to be well versed in Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmic Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmic Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 699 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmic Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 362 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmic Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 286 salaries. An Ophthalmic Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,281

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Ophthalmic Technicians, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Ophthalmic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Orlando (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Ophthalmic Technician's salary, with Cleveland Ophthalmic Technicians earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Grand Rapids also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent less).

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Naperville:
"Love helping people."
Pros: I enjoy helping people and seeing the doctor work wonders on people's eyes.
Cons: It's stressful at times cause the doctors overbooked and my coworkers don't get along.

Ophthalmic Technician in Ann Arbor:
"Amazing."
Pros: Being with patients and doing something worth while.
Cons: The drive would be the only thing I love my job.

Ophthalmic Technician in Philadelphia:
"Great."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Office conditions.

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Key Stats for Ophthalmic Technician

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 195 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$35,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries



▲5%

scribe
▲2%


Ophthalmic Technician
▼0%

National Average
$35,000


Refractometry
▼1%


Patient Education
▼2%

Patient Counseling
▼12%

Medical Coding
▼16%

Medical Devices
▼17%

refracting
▼20%

Scheduling
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 30%
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